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Saturday, January 9th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Mark 6:45-52.


Saturday after Epiphany

9 January 2016

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ 

 “Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!”

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Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Mark 6:45-52.

 

After the five thousand had eaten and were satisfied, Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and precede him to the other side toward Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd.
And when he had taken leave of them, he went off to the mountain to pray.
When it was evening, the boat was far out on the sea and he was alone on shore.
Then he saw that they were tossed about while rowing, for the wind was against them. About the fourth watch of the night, he came toward them walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them.
But when they saw him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and cried out.
They had all seen him and were terrified. But at once he spoke with them, “Take courage, it is I, do not be afraid!”
He got into the boat with them and the wind died down. They were (completely) astounded.
They had not understood the incident of the loaves. On the contrary, their hearts were hardened.

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DAILY MASS – Saturday 9 January 2016 

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Saturday after Epiphany

9 January 2016

Commentary of the day

Saint Augustine (354-430),

St. Augustine by Carlo Crivelli.

St. Augustine by Carlo Crivelli.

Saint Augustine (354-430),

Bishop of Hippo (North Africa) and Doctor of the Church
2nd Sermon for the nativity of John the Baptist, n°288,2; PL 38-39, 1302-1304

“He must increase, while I must decrease”

Before John the Baptist, we have seen many other great and saint prophets, worthy of God, filled with his Holy Spirit, who announced the coming of the Lord and who testified to the Truth. Nevertheless no one said of them what was said about John the Baptist: “among those born of women there has been none greater than John the Baptist” (Mt 11,11). So why was this greatness sent before the one who is greatness in itself? To bear witness to the Precursor’s great humility.

He was so great that one could have easily taken him for the Messiah. Nothing easier…for, without saying anything, it is what those who listened to him and saw him believed…Nevertheless this humble friend of the groom, zealous in defending the honor of the groom, does not want to take the place of the groom, as an adulterer would do. He bears witness to his friend, he recommends to the bride the real groom and he absolutely does not want to be loved in his place because he wants to be loved only in him. “The best man, who stands and listens for him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice” (Jn 3,29).

The disciple listens to his master; he stands because he listens, for if he refuses to listen he will certainly fall. What enhances to our eyes John’s greatness is that he could have easily been taken for the Christ and nevertheless he preferred giving witness to Jesus Christ, proclaim his greatness and humble himself rather than to be considered the Messiah and deceive himself by deceiving the others. Therefore Jesus rightly so said of him that he was more than a prophet…John humbled himself before the greatness of the Lord so as to deserve that his humbleness be raised by this greatness…”I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals” (Mk 1,7).
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Saturday after Epiphany

9 January 2016

Saint of the day

Sts. Julian and Basilissa, Martyrs († c. 313)

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Sts. JULIAN and BASILISSA
Martyrs
(† c. 313)

        St. Julian and St. Basilissa, though married, lived, by mutual consent, in perpetual chastity; they sanctified themselves by the most perfect exercises of an ascetic life, and employed their revenues in relieving the poor and the sick. For this purpose they converted their house into a kind of hospital, in which they sometimes entertained a thousand poor people. Basilissa attended those of her sex, in separate lodgings from the men; these were taken care of by Julian, who from his charity is named the Hospitalarian. Egypt, where they lived, had then begun to abound with examples of persons who, either in the cities or in the deserts, devoted themselves to the most perfect exercises of charity, penance, and mortification.

Basilissa, after having stood seven persecutions, died in peace; Julian survived her many years and received the crown of a glorious martyrdom, together with Celsus, a youth, Antony, a priest, Anastasius, and Marcianilla, the mother of Celsus.

        Many churches and hospitals in the East, and especially in the West, bear the name of one or other of these martyrs. Four churches at Rome, and three out of five at Paris, which bear the name of St. Julian, were originally dedicated under the name of St. Julian, the Hospitalarian and martyr.

       In the time of St. Gregory the Great, the skull of St. Julian was brought out of the East into France, and given to Queen Brunehault; she gave it to the nunnery which she founded at Étampes; part of it is at present in the monastery of Morigny, near Étampes, and part in the church of the regular canonesses of St. Basilissa at Paris.

Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. [1894]
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Mark 16:15-20

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